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6 of the Best Events in New Zealand in July


July is undoubtedly the most wintry of all winter months in New Zealand but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of events to attend and enjoy! On the contrary, there are a plethora of things to keep you busy and the busier you are the warmer you’ll be!

Here are 6 events in New Zealand this July to get you started.

1. Matariki Festivals


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The month of July sees one of the biggest Maori festivals in the calendar year. The Matariki Festival in New Zealand celebrates the Maori New Year and the rising of the Matariki star cluster. Events take place all over the country with some actually starting in late June but carrying on right through until the middle of July.

The types of events and ceremonies that take place to commemorate this are typically varied and wide-ranging. They include dawn ceremonies, art exhibitions, film screenings, storytelling, food festivals, stargazing and more.

There are even Matariki Festivals that feature light shows (like the one on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge) and fireworks displays (like the one in Wellington). It’s a great cultural experience and fun for the whole family so be sure to check what’s happening in your area and get involved!

Event: The Matariki Festival

When: 1 June – 14 July 2019

Where: Various locations including Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Wellington, Picton and Dunedin.

2. New Zealand International Film Festival


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Winter is a good season to catch up on a few movies and for most of us, that means the occasional extra trip to the cinema or a few more streams on Netflix. There’s another option that you might not have considered which is the New Zealand International Film Festival!

The New Zealand International Film Festival has been running now for 51 years and is an event that’s become an institution for cinema-lovers all around the country. Films from all around the world will feature in a programme that always covers a great variety of genres and interests. Some of the exciting films already confirmed for this year include ‘High Life’, ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ and ‘Under the Silver Lake’.

There will also be a category for NZ films including the best NZ Short Film competition and a couple of world premieres.

The festival takes place in 13 different cities and towns across the country.

Event: New Zealand International Film Festival 2019

When: July – September 2019

Where: Various locations including Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin

3. Mitch James


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Kiwi singer/songwriter sensation, Mitch James, has been taking the world by storm and is returning home for his latest tour of New Zealand.

Mitch James has had an extraordinary journey that’s seen him start from busking on the streets of Europe for 2 years to opening for Ed Sheeran’s most recent NZ tour some 4 years later. His own music has had over 80 million streams on Spotify and his list of music award wins is already very impressive.

Mitch James will be performing all his favourite hits as well as some new songs for his fans all around the country. If you want to be part of it, make sure you get your tickets quick!

Event: Mitch James NZ Tour

When:  21 June – 19 July 2019

Where: Auckland, Tauranga, Ohakune, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin.

4. A Conversation on DEA – Narcos


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For all the fans of the hit TV show ‘Narcos’ (and there are plenty of those), you’ll have a great opportunity to meet the DEA agents the show was based on.

Steve Murphy and Javier Pena played pivotal roles in the takedown of Pablo Escobar and will be at the Opera House in Wellington talking about their experiences.

Attendees will get a fascinating insight into the history behind the events that took place including their roles in the Netflix series itself. You’ll learn exactly what bits were included and left out, the reasons why, the effect it’s had on the men and more.

Event: A Conversation on DEA – Narcos

When: 17 July 2019

Where: Wellington

5. Sounds at the Grounds


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If an event featuring some icons of New Zealand music interests you then make plans to be in West Auckland this July for ‘Sounds at the Grounds’.

The legendary Che-Fu will be headlining the event along with Opshop’s Jason Kerrison, ably supported by Arii Jade as DJ for the night. These artists are the best of the best with so many accolades shared between them including platinum albums, NZ Music Awards, Silver Scrolls and more.

On top of this, you’ll also be treated to some great food from The Grounds award-winning chef, Ben Bayly, with a menu that is inspired by the elements. There’s nothing not to like about this one so don’t miss out!

Event: Sounds at the Grounds

When: 20 July 2019

Where: The Grounds, Auckland

6. CRC Speedshow


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Petrolheads from up and down the country will have had this one penned in the diaries for a while but there’s still time for the rest of you to get involved in the CRC Speedshow taking place at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland.

It’s the largest and most diverse car show in New Zealand showcasing the finest and fastest cars, motorcycles, racing vehicles and classics you can imagine. There’ll also be hot rods and custom creations from all around the world.

A big draw for the event (aside from the automobiles themselves) is the line-up of motorsport celebrities and VIPs who give free seminars at the event. This year the headline guest is Hot Rod Hall of Famer, Chip Foose, who among other things helped create the vehicles for films like Bladerunner, Robocop and Gone in 60 seconds.

Event: CRC Speedshow

When: 20 – 21 July 2019

Where: ASB Showgrounds Auckland


And there we have it! 6 great events in New Zealand this July to keep you busy for the winter. Don’t forget we also have some great city guides featuring sights and attractions that you can see right throughout the year with a few additional tips about accommodation and dining!

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